Welcome to the Centre for Visual Culture

The Centre for Visual Culture supports object-led research into visual culture in its global contexts. It fosters collaborative research and teaching across the University and its collections, including its founding partner institutions: the Department of History of Art, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Kettle’s Yard, and the Hamilton Kerr Institute.  

The Centre’s work is guided by three themes, which run concurrently for three years.  

Research Themes 2019-22 are: 

  • Sculpture, Space and the Senses 
  • Oceans, Islands and Empires 
  • Preservation, Restoration and Imagination

We support a wide range of research activities. The Visual Culture Seminar takes place annually, in Michaelmas Term. Conferences and other research events are supported by our Research Funding programme. We welcome visiting scholars through our Visiting Fellowships programme and host local researchers as Associate Fellows. 

CVC hosts a range of research projects and supports research grant applications. Informal enquires should be addressed to the Director. 

We work closely with national and international partners to advance the study of visual culture. You can find out more about our current collaborations here 

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